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Feverfew

feverfewPropagation & harvesting guides

Please refer to the general growing guide for more in-depth information on growing processes.

Tanacetum parthenium – Feverfew       

Colour: White petals with yellow centres.

Type: Perennial (short-lived), hardy annual.

Height: 50cms – 80cms

To purchase seeds from this variety please visit our online shop - thank you.

This single flowering variety of feverfew is one of my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE fillers.  It can seem a bit unfair to call it a filler flower as it is very beautiful all by itself (a huge bunch makes a really gorgeous, summery bouquet). 

When added to a mixed bouquet or arrangements it makes the whole piece look just beautiful.  No wonder it’s always in my ‘Top Ten’. I hope you love it as much as I do!

To note: While feverfew can be grown as a medicinal plant, it is not my area of expertise so I only supply seeds and give guidelines for growing it as a cut flower.  I did once try a flower bud to see if it would be a tasty headache remedy – it’s not.  In fact, it was once of the most disgusting things I’ve ever attempted to eat…not to be recommended…!

Sowing:

Feverfew is very easy to grow and transplant, a very well-behaved plant with few requirements.  

Sow seeds indoors from February – March onwards.  Sow into seed compost and very lightly cover the seeds.  Germination usually takes place within 2 – 4 weeks.  

Plants are cool hardy so seeds can be sown in late summer / autumn and planted outdoors about 4 weeks before first frost is due (usually around mid-October). 

Transplant: 

Seedlings can be pricked out of their seed tray as soon as they are big and strong enough to handle. They can then be further transplanted into their permanent position once they have developed a strong, healthy root system.

Feverfew is a cool – hardy plant and it can be planted out when there is still a risk of frost but in areas prone to heavy, prolonged frost would be advisable to use frost protection until danger of frost has passed – usually mid to late May. 

Care:

Plants produce masses stems very quickly which, if a little soft can be damaged during periods of heavy rain.  Support is recommended for later sowings or for earlier sowings as a precaution.   

Harvesting:

Feverfew not only has good vase life but is an excellent cut – and – come – again plant. It will keep producing more stems as you cut.  It is advisable to wear gloves as many find the strong scent of the leaves will remain on hand for quite some time. To encourage the plant to grow long, very usable stems take all cuts from as close as possible to the base of the plant.   Wait until flowers have fully opened before harvesting.